Defence

EDP defence writer Mark Nicholls with the RAF Marham Tornados of 31 squadron at Kandahar on their final deployment to Afghanistan. Pictured: Hercules taxis out for a dusk takeoff. Picture: Mark Nicholls

Video: Mind-blowing scale of the operation to bring forces home

The withdrawal of British combat personnel and equipment from Afghanistan involves one of the biggest logistical operations carried out by the UK armed forces in modern times. Mark Nicholls reports from Kandahar Airfield on how it is being done.

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Charlie and Sam Baker - the couple who are attached to 31 Squadron and serve with the Tornado detachment at Kandahar Airfield in southern Aghanistan. Picture: Mark Nicholls.

Meet the RAF Marham sweethearts who share a married life on the Afghan frontline

As part of his series of dispatches from Kandahar Airfield, where RAF Marham’s 31 Squadron are nearing the end of their final Afghan tour, MARK NICHOLLS meets a young couple making an unusual start to married life.

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Tornados on a runway ready for take off. Picture: Mark Nicholls

Video: RAF Marham squadron will be the last Tornado detachment to leave Afghanistan

RAF Marham’s 31 Squadron is currently on its final deployment in Afghanistan. As Mark Nicholls reports from Kandahar Airfield, it is a posting which symbolically completes the circle on the squadron’s lingering links to Afghanistan and the Indian sub-continent.

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EDP defence writer Mark Nicholls with the RAF Marham Tornados of 31 squadron at Kandahar on their final deployment to Afghanistan. Pictured: Ready for a rapid response scramble callout. Aircrews in the GCAS room. Picture: Mark Nicholls

Video: Marham crews ready to scramble into action

In the second of a series of despatches from Afghanistan, MARK NICHOLLS reports on how RAF Marham Tornado air crews are primed to ‘scramble’ in support of ground forces in the country

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A Tornado in Kandahar. Picture: Supplied

Video: The pivotal role that the RAF Marham servicemen have been playing in the Afghanistan campaign

With worldwide focus on the activities of Norfolk-based II (AC) Squadron as they take on Islamic State targets in Iraq, the vital task being performed by fellow Marham Tornado unit, 31 Squadron in another global trouble spot risks being somewhat overshadowed. But as its servicemen take part in the final “drawdown” of the campaign in Afghanistan which has lasted 13 years and cost 453 British lives, MARK NICHOLLS has been alongside them.

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